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Pope venerates the Virgin Mary in Rome’s plush shopping district

Benedict XVI travels to the Spanish Steps to mark the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says Mary’s immaculate conception brings joy in annual pilgrimage to Spanish Steps

‘It’s wonderful being old,’ says Pope at care home for the elderly

Pope Benedict and, right, Andrea Riccardi, an Italian government minister, pictured during the visit (Photo: AP)

Benedict XVI says he is ‘an elderly man visiting his peers’ during visit to a home run by the Sant’Egidio Community

Synod message: ‘Above all, we must convert ourselves to Christ’

Bishops and cardinals are assembled at the synod's opening Mass (Photo: CNS)

Message says Church will be renewed despite weakness of its disciples

Pope names six new cardinals

Cardinal-designate James Harvey, prefect of the papal household (Photo: CNS)

It will be the smallest group of cardinals to be created at a consistory since 1977

Pope proclaims first ever Native American saint

Two nuns hold images of Kateri Tekakwitha (Photo: AP)

St Kateri Tekakwitha was among seven new saints canonised yesterday in St Peter’s Square

Dr Rowan Williams: joint prayer and contemplation are key to evangelising the world

Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Photo: CNS)

Dr Williams tells Pope and synod that evangelisation is ‘overflow’ of disciple’s journey to Christ

Benedict XVI: ‘Being tepid is the greatest danger for Christians’

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass to open the synod yesterday (Photo: CNS)

Pope gives off-the-cuff reflection at start of the synod on new evangelisation

Vatican court sentences papal butler to 18 months in jail

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi comments on the verdict (AP)

Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict may pardon Paolo Gabriele

Police say butler’s flat was crammed with documents

Paolo Gabriele, right, pictured during the trial (Photo: CNS)

Documents focused on vast range of topics including the Masons, yoga and the Vatican bank

Butler says he ‘loved the Pope like a son’

Paolo Gabriele is seated on the right in a grey suit (Photo: CNS)

During trial Paolo Gabriele says he was innocent of theft but felt guilty for betraying the Holy Father